Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

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All of the latest Astronaut Scholarship Foundation news is listed below. You can also click here to browse all of our press releases. To view all of our Scholar Spotlight features, click here.

ASF Celebrates Apollo 13’s 45th Anniversary

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) was the site of a recent celebration of the space program’s greatest heroes. On Saturday, April 11, 2015, supporters of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) gathered in the company of the astronauts, flight directors, and support crew who ensured the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew. Presented by AirScan, Inc. and Embraer, the gala took place under the Saturn V rocket suspended in KSCVC’s remarkable Apollo/Saturn V Center. A candid panel discussion was the highlight of the evening and featured Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, backup …

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“Night Under the Stars” with Al Worden Recap

Take a look at Space Coast Daily’s recap of the “A Night Under the Stars” event at Exploration Tower! Astronaut and former ASF Chairman Al Worden attended the event as guest speaker. The article includes a video of the event which features an interview with Worden as well as “Voice of NASA” Hugh Harris. Thanks to all who attended for joining us at this great event!

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ASF Introduces Mentor Program

Attention all current Astronaut Scholars! ASF has put the final touches on our new Innovative Leaders Mentor Program and is now ready to start connecting our Astronaut Scholars with executive leadership, astronauts, and Astronaut Scholar alumni. The 2014-2015 Astronaut Scholars are officially the first class to be offered this amazing mentoring program opportunity! Click here to read more, or contact ASF Program Director Nicole Russ at for more information.

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Al Worden to Speak in Port Canaveral


Spend “A Night Under the Stars” at Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida, featuring special guest speaker Al Worden! Enjoy incredible vistas of the Kennedy Space Center launch pads from the seven stories of Exploration Tower while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Worden served as Command Module Pilot on Apollo 15 and is one of only 24 men to have flown to the Moon. His experiences are sure to fascinate and inspire – be sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity! Click here to visit Exploration Tower’s special events calendar for more information. [Download Flyer]

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Jacobs Links with ASF as Workforce Partner

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We are pleased to announce that Jacobs, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services, has stepped up to be the first corporate partner in the STEM Workforce Partner campaign. “Jacobs is pleased to join forces with ASF through the STEM Workforce initiative. As one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services, the secret to our success is recruiting the best and brightest employees. We firmly believe in supporting efforts such as these to ensure that today’s students pursue higher education so that we will have …

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2015 Scholar Induction RSVP Form

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) invites you and a guest to join us on May 27 – May 31, 2015. This annual event includes the Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference Lecture and Poster Session (you will have the ability to choose which you prefer or do both as time allows) as well as an Astronaut and Astronaut Scholar first look presentation showcasing Kennedy Space Center’s plans for the new Astronaut Hall of Fame Museum! Also, a private VIP Kennedy Space Center tour and the spectacular Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala where you will intermingle with NASA, industry leaders and much more! This …

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Induction Gala Tickets Now Available


Tickets to ASF’s 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala are now available! The event will be held on Friday, May 29th – the night before four new astronauts are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Join ASF and dozens of astronauts in celebration of their achievements! Find out more about the event and reserve your seats Read about the 2015 inductees Learn about the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Explore KSCVC’s interactive press release Join us for the 2015 Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference the same weekend

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Four Astronauts to Enter Hall of Fame


The time has come once again for a new class of astronauts to be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF). Each year, ASF’s Induction Selection Committee oversees the selection of inductees into AHOF, and ASF works hand-in-hand with Delaware North Companies (DNC) to honor those astronauts with an official induction ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC). This year, ASF is proud to join DNC and KSCVC in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame as together we congratulate four new astronaut inductees: John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and Rhea …

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October Meet and Greet Photos Now Online

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation held a meet-and-greet reception on October 25, 2014 in order to promote the Foundation’s important mission. Participants included Captain Bob “Crip” Crippen and his wife Pandora, Lt. Col. Andy Allen and his wife Brenda, Patty Carpenter, wife of the late Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter, and several Astronaut Scholars. Thank you all who attended – together, we are strengthening America’s innovative competitiveness by investing in our nation’s brightest science and engineering scholars. Click here to view a photo montage of the event created by ASF Vice Chairman Lisa Schott and her husband George!

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Vice Chairman Lisa Schott Gifts ASF Holiday Donation


December 12, 2014 – Special thanks to ASF Vice Chairman and Astronaut Scholar Alumna Lisa Schott and her husband George, who stopped by the office to share in a little holiday cheer and present Executive Director Tammy Knowles with their $10,000 donation to the Scholars Give Back Campaign to fund Astronaut Scholarships. Read more about the Scholars Give Back Campaign here, or make a donation of your own!

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2015 Induction Gala Date Change

December 10, 2014 – Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date for the 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction festivities has moved to May 29-30, 2015. ASF’s annual Induction Gala will take place on the night of Friday, May 29, and KSCVC’s Induction ceremony will occur on Saturday the 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Further details on the weekend’s events will be posted to our Induction page as they become available.

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Save the Date for the Apollo 13 45th Anniversary Celebration!

December 8, 2014 – ASF is pleased to announce the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 13! The event will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Join James Lovell, Fred Haise, and their fellow astronauts to honor and celebrate one of the U.S. space program’s most famous missions. Ticket sales will be online soon, so please check back or join ASF’s mailing list for announcements!

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2014 Astronaut Check Presentation Travel Schedule

Astronauts are headed to colleges and universities near you! While there, they will present this year’s Astronaut Scholars with their awards and give a free public lecture about their time in space. Check out this schedule and come out to cheer on our newest class of scholars! School City, State Visit Date Clemson University Clemson, SC Sept. 26, 2014 University of Texas Austin, TX Sept. 30, 2014 Texas A&M University College Station, TX Oct. 1, 2014 Tufts University Medford, MA Oct. 17, 2014 Miami University Oxford, OH Oct. 21, 2014 Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Oct. 25, 2014 University of …

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2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala Scholar Keynote

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During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala festivities on May 2, 2014, Jarret Lafleur, a 2005-2007 Astronaut Scholar, gave a keynote speech sharing his thoughts and story with the 400 guests in attendance. The following is Jarret’s address, in full: Ladies and Gentlemen, Astronauts, Distinguished Guests, and Space Exploration Enthusiasts: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to join us for dinner beneath this ridiculously large rocket. My name is Jarret Lafleur, and I am proud to say I am an alumnus of the Astronaut Scholarship program that you all have supported just …

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Hugh Harris Announces New Book

January 28, 2014 – Hugh Harris, NASA’s “Voice of Launch Control” and a longtime ASF supporter, announces the release of his new book, “Challenger: An American Tragedy,” a personal account of the events of January 28, 1986. Harris was at Kennedy Space Center that day, counting down to liftoff for audiences across the country. He presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two …

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2013 Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show


Space Fans of All Ages Mingle Among Astronauts A Weekend Full of Adventure, Stories, and New Memories Astronauts and space guests touched down on the Space Coast this November to meet their biggest fans at ASF’s annual Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show (AAMS). The show, in its sixth year running, is anticipated by space fans from around the world. This year’s festivities took place on November 7-10, with the show itself open at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) on November 9-10. ASF’s tiered ticket packages catered to space fanatics and casual enthusiasts alike. Those looking to attend only …

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